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Historical Markers in Truckee, California

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Truckee is in Nevada County
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1California (Nevada County), Truckee — “The Tin Can” ----------- “Dot’s Place”10116 Jibboom –----------------- 10098 Jibboom
The two modern buildings replaced structures built in the early 20th Century and were used in two of Truckee’s notorious industries • Bootlegging and prostitution. They upheld a tradition begun on this street in the 1870’s. Many a thirst was slaked . . . Map (db m60889) HM
2California (Nevada County), Truckee — A Family Heads West
The Donner family and their hired teamsters left Springfield, Illinois in April, 1846. At Independence, Missouri, their wagons joined hundreds of others traveling west on the Oregon-California Trail. The New Captain Takes a Shortcut . . . Map (db m129925) HM
3California (Nevada County), Truckee — Boca Townsite
Boca's Railroad Roots From 1866-68, the Central Pacific Railroad was laying tracks over the Sierra Nevada working to complete its portion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad. The railroad's Construction Camp 17, here, at the . . . Map (db m62048) HM
4California (Nevada County), Truckee — C.P.R.R. Truckee Round House
Needed to house and maintain the engines of the Central Pacific Railroad during construction of the Trans-Sierra Crossing, an enclosed wooden round house was constructed here in 1868. It was razed by fire in March 1869. A 16 stall wooden structure . . . Map (db m112520) HM
5California (Nevada County), Truckee — Chief Truckee
The legendary Paiute leader; friend and guide; breveted a “Captain” by John C. Fremont; gave his name to this valley, river and town: died near Payton, Nevada, in 1860.Map (db m60320) HM
6California (Nevada County), Truckee — 30 — China Wall
History Things to do right here "They were a great army laying siege to Nature in her strongest citadel." -- Beyond the Mississippi, 1869. They worked sunrise to sunset, six days a week, 52 weeks a year. Had it not been for the . . . Map (db m129733) HM
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7California (Nevada County), Truckee — China Wall of the Sierra
Charles Crocker, Construction Chief of the Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR), contracted for a workforce of approximately 12,000 Chinese laborers to push the CPRR tracks over its Trans-Sierra Crossing on its race east to a meet with the Union Pacific . . . Map (db m23564) HM
8California (Nevada County), Truckee — Clinton Narrow Gauge Railroad
First steam railroad logging operation in the Truckee River Basin. Commenced operation in the late 1870's under the supervision of Fred Burckhalter, head of the Pacific Lumber and Wood Co. Line extended 10 miles along Juniper Creek with hopes of . . . Map (db m105205) HM
9California (Nevada County), Truckee — Donner Camp Site
On October 28, 1846 the six covered wagons brought west by George and Jacob Donner and their families halted here for repairs. By March of 1847 one half of the party of 22 adults and children had died of starvation and cold. They came west seeking a . . . Map (db m60507) HM
10California (Nevada County), Truckee — Donner Camp Tree
Near this spot stood the tree which marked what was believed to be the campsite of the family of George Donner in the winter of 1846. The tree stood for 150 years (missing) the Donner families camped in Alder Creek before it succumbed to Mother . . . Map (db m129928) HM
11California (Nevada County), Truckee — Donner Lake West End
History The Donner Lake area is not only an exciting place to live and adventure, but also has lots of interesting history. The story of the Donner Party crossing over this amazing and majestic mountain range (1847) has spread through the . . . Map (db m129736) HM
12California (Nevada County), Truckee — Donner Party1846 – 1847
The face of this rock formed the north end and the fireplace of the Murphy cabin. General Stephan W. Kearny, on June 22, 1847, buried, under the middle of the cabin the bodies found in the vicinity. Following is a complete list of the members of the . . . Map (db m94061) HM
13California (Nevada County), Truckee — 134 — Donner Party
Near this spot stood the Breen cabin of the party of emigrants who started for California from Springfield, Illinois, in April 1846, under the leadership of Captain George Donner. Delays occurred and when the party reached this locality, on October . . . Map (db m94058) HM
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14California (Nevada County), Truckee — Donner Party Camp at Alder Creek Valley / Tamsen and Elizabeth Donner
Donner Party Camp at Alder Creek Valley In the Fall of 1846, 25 Members of The Donner Party became Trapped by an Early Snowstorm here at Alder Creek Valley. The George and Jacob Donner Families, their Teamsters, and Fellow Travelers Suffered . . . Map (db m60303) HM
15California (Nevada County), Truckee — Donner PassWho Passed This Way
For thousands of years, people have crossed the Sierra Nevada near this place called Donner Pass. Traveling by foot, wagon, train or automobile, the journey has always been challenging. By Foot Long before it’s “discovery” . . . Map (db m23571) HM
16California (Nevada County), Truckee — 22 — Donner Ski RanchHwy 40 Scenic Bypass
History The first ski lift on Signal Hill (now Donner Ski Ranch) was built by Johnny Ellis in 1937. This forerunner of the "Ranch" included two rope tows powered by Model A automobiles sitting on blocks (the manila rope going around the . . . Map (db m105199) HM
17California (Nevada County), Truckee — Donner Summit Canyon History
Welcome to Donner Summit Canyon You are about to enjoy a wonderful experience with exquisite views, forests and trails. It is also the gateway to the most important square mile in California’s history! Donner Pass, located above the property, . . . Map (db m81978) HM
18California (Nevada County), Truckee — First Log Cabin
Erected by Joseph Gray at S.W. corner of present day Bridge and Spring Streets to serve Dutch Flat Wagon Road traffic over Donner Pass.Map (db m60330) HM
19California (Nevada County), Truckee — First Permanent Emigrant Trail Markers
The nearby monument was envisioned in 1929 by C. F. McGlashan, Truckee’s foremost resident 1872-1931 and author of the 1880 classic, The History of the Donner Party; P.M. Weddell, who placed wooden signs on the Donner Trail from Verdi, Nevada . . . Map (db m176342) HM
20California (Nevada County), Truckee — First Wagons Across the Sierras
The Stephens – Townsend – Murphy Party, with guidance from old Caleb Greenwood and Chief Truckee, brought their wagons up the Truckee River bed and on Nov. 25, 1844 191 days out of Council Bluffs, Iowa passed this point and crossed the . . . Map (db m60305) HM
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21California (Nevada County), Truckee — George Schaffer1828 – 1903
One of Truckee’s earliest settlers. Schaffer in 1866 built the first lumber mill in the town. He freighted the locomotive San Mateo to Truckee in a winter crossing of the Sierra prior to the laying of Central Pacific tracks. This building “The . . . Map (db m60580) HM
22California (Nevada County), Truckee — George Schaffer House
"This building was originally constructed during the 1860's boom years, a period of unprecedented growth and prosperity in Truckee's history. Its builder, and purported occupant, George Schaffer was a legendary figure that helped shape Truckee's . . . Map (db m156891) HM
23California (Nevada County), Truckee — Hobart Mills
This Monument Marks the Townsite of Hobart Mills California A logging and lumber enterprise of sixty-six years life in the Sierra Nevada Mountains It Commemorates and Honors its Founder Walter Scott Hobart 1839 - 1892 . . . Map (db m129935) HM
24California (Nevada County), Truckee — Hobart Mills
Walter Scott Hobart's Sierra Nevada Wood & Lumber Company moved machinery, buildings and railroad equipment here from Lake Tahoe in 1896. The town and business flourished for 40 years. Ceasing operations in 1936. Fiberboard Corporation operated a . . . Map (db m129936) HM
25California (Nevada County), Truckee — Jax Truckee Diner
Originally built in October 1948 by Kullman Diner Co. Newark, New Jersey and shipped to West Chester, PA. known as the “Birmingham Grill” where it continually operated until purchased by the Carey Family in 1992. On July 26, 1995 the . . . Map (db m60578) HM
26California (Nevada County), Truckee — 2 — Old Truckee Jail1875
Built in September 1875 and in continuous use until 1964Map (db m96230) HM
27California (Nevada County), Truckee — Pollard's Station
On this site Joseph Delos Pollard constructed the first resort on the west end of Donner Lake. Between mid 1864 and early 1868 Pollard’s Station on the Dutch Flat and Donner Lake Wagon Road was office to the Pioneer Stage Co. and Wells, Fargo & Co. . . . Map (db m60506) HM
28California (Nevada County), Truckee — Rocking Stone
A natural glacier formation, or the work of an unknown tribe as a form of altar. It’s exact origin will never be known. The perfectly balanced stone until recently would rock at the touch of a finger. C.F. McGlashan built the original tower in . . . Map (db m23527) HM
29California (Nevada County), Truckee — Nev.-01-95 — Schallenberger Cabin Site
Near this spot stood a small cabin built by 18 year old Moses Schallenberger and two other men. They were members of the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy party of 1844, the first pioneers to take wagons over the Sierra Nevada, opening the Truckee Route of . . . Map (db m94059) HM
30California (Nevada County), Truckee — Shelter From the Storm
With threatening weather overhead, the Donners quickly set up camp. Crowded into inadequate shelters, these desperate people watched it snow. As the snow got deeper, it wiped out all hope of leaving before spring. People (age) at . . . Map (db m129927) HM
31California (Nevada County), Truckee — Sierra Mountain Cemetery
The Masonic and Odd Fellows Lodges each established cemeteries here in 1869 or 1870 to provide a burial place for their deceased. Catholics established a cemetery to the Southwest. Pioneers and prominent citizens within the original fenced cemetery . . . Map (db m60331) HM
32California (Nevada County), Truckee — Stephens – Townsend – Murphy Party of 1844First Pioneer Wagons Over The Sierra Nevada
On May 22, 1844, this small wagon party of 50 men, women and children “jumped off” from Council Bluffs, Iowa, bound for California. These courageous pioneers were the first emigrants to take wagons over the Sierra Nevada, opening the . . . Map (db m23567) HM
33California (Nevada County), Truckee — Surviving the Snowy Trek Out
In February, 1847, the first relief party from Sutter's Fort arrived. Two more relief parties came in March. These relief parties took 14 people from here out across the frozen Sierra. Only 11 survived (8 were children). Five people remained at . . . Map (db m146235) HM
34California (Nevada County), Truckee — The Emigrant Trail
The Emigrant Trail in the pioneer days of California came through the low pass to the north, facing this monument. The trail turned west at this point for a distance of twenty-six hundred feet where a tablet describes the route then followed.Map (db m176338) HM
35California (Nevada County), Truckee — The Emigrant Trail
The Emigrant Trail in the pioneer days of California turned to the south at this point for approximately three miles, then west across the summit of the Sierras about a mile south of the present railroad. It was here that the Donner Party missed . . . Map (db m176339) HM
36California (Nevada County), Truckee — The Fight to Stay Alive
By December 20th, the outlook was grim. Jacob Donner and three of the teamsters had died. The cold and dampness were constant. As snow piled higher, dry fire wood was harder to find. Tall tree stumps were once numerous throughout this area. They . . . Map (db m146234) HM
37California (Nevada County), Truckee — The Gateway Cabin
This cabin was one of several built by Jack Wolert for Dick Joseph in 1939 on US Route 40. The cabin was constructed of lumber salvaged from houses being dismantled 3 miles north of Truckee at Hobart Mills and served as the Gateway Motel’s Office. . . . Map (db m60318) HM
38California (Nevada County), Truckee — The Nightmare Begins
They were the first to take wagons through the new Hastings Cutoff. Although shorter, it was a difficult detour through rugged mountains and arid deserts. The emigrants lost valuable time, oxen, and supplies. One person was banished. Five people . . . Map (db m129926) HM
39California (Nevada County), Truckee — The Transcontinental Railroad and Boca DamThe First Transcontinental Railroad
In 1866 the Central Pacific Railroad in their push east over the Sierra Nevada set up Construction Camp 17 just downstream from here at the confluence of the Truckee River and the Little Truckee River. Camp 17 quickly became known as Boca, Spanish . . . Map (db m113830) HM
40California (Nevada County), Truckee — Theodore Dehone Judah1826 – 1863
As Chief Engineer of the Central Pacific Railroad, Judah’s engineering skill, political savvy and financial genius, along with the promoters’ capital, culminated in formation and construction of the Trans – Sierra leg of the first . . . Map (db m23513) HM
41California (Nevada County), Truckee — TruckeeJewel of the Eastern Sierra
First known as Gray’s Toll Station, then Coburn’s Station, Truckee was established in 1863. Renowned for its lumber industry, Transcontinental Railroad, icehouses, saloons and red light district, Truckee has never been known for her laid back . . . Map (db m23520) HM
42California (Nevada County), Truckee — 780-6 — TruckeeFirst Transcontinental Railroad
While construction on Sierra tunnels delayed Central Pacific, advance forces at Truckee began building forty miles of track east and west of Truckee moving all supplies by wagon and sled. Summit Tunnel was opened in December, 1867. The line reached . . . Map (db m23560) HM
43California (Nevada County), Truckee — Truckee’s Old Stone Garage and Site of Town’s First Dwelling
In 1863, Joseph Gray built Truckee’s first structure on this site for use as the Dutch Flat–Donner Lake Wagon Road’s Toll Station. The old log structure was moved in 1907 to the Englehart property on Church Street, one block east of this site, . . . Map (db m23545) HM
44California (Nevada County), Truckee — Westward Ho!
The pioneers began their trek across the continent with expectations of a new life. In sparsely populated California they could have land with fertile soil and a pleasant climate. They heard about the wonders of California through letters sent . . . Map (db m129946) HM
45California (Nevada County), Truckee — What Made Her Do It?First Woman to Swim Donner Lake
History Today each August hundreds of swimmers take to the 65º water of Donner Lake and swim its 2.7 mile long length. Each swimmer has lots of company. On August 19 (sic, 18), 1935 though, it was a different story. On that day 17 . . . Map (db m129739) HM
46California (Nevada County), Truckee — World War I Memorial / Victory Highway Monument
[Located on Front of Monument:] Dedicated to California’s Sons and Daughters Who Served Their Country In the World War 1917 -1918 And to the Memory of Those Who Gave the “Last Full Measure of Devotion” . . . Map (db m23519) HM
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Dec. 7, 2022